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Thursday, January 24, 2013 An Alzheimer’s Walk for Memories on Sunday is dedicated to Jim Boileau, a Maple Ridge man living with dementia. Page A11 • LOCAL NEWS, SPORTS, AND ENTERTAINMENT • • 604-463-2281 • 36 PAGES Pitt Meadows Seniors welcome centre A facility for social activities and more is opening Saturday. by Sylver McLaren Troy Landreville/TIMES R0llin’ on the river A tugboat pulled a barge westward along the Fraser River near the former Albion Ferry terminal on a clear, crisp afternoon late last week. A new gathering place for the community’s seniors is officially opening Saturday. The Pitt Meadows Seniors Centre will hold an open house on Jan. 26 from 1 to 3 p.m. The centre is 9,500 square feet with space for social activities, a large hall with a stage, arts and crafts room, lounge, and billiards room. The centre is at 19065 119B Ave., Pitt Meadows and parking and the entrance are south of the family recreation centre. Weekend assault Mounties arrest man in abduction, beating A suspect accused of kidnapping a teen at Westgate Mall this weekend was captured in Vancouver Tuesday. by Sylver McLaren Residents of Maple Ridge can rest easy now that an accused abductor has been arrested after a violent weekend attack. Police arrested a 25-year-old man, “known to police,” at 10 p.m. Tuesday night in Vancouver, said Ridge Meadows RCMP Insp. Dave Fleugel. The man is suspected in the kidnapping and beating of a 17-year-old girl who was accosted at gunpoint from Westgate Mall at about 8 p.m. Saturday and taken to a secluded location and beaten. “Shortly after we released the suspect’s Ask us How to Get up to 10,000 $ BACK CASH O.A.C. CALL 604.465.8931 picture yesterday, we started to receive tips,” said Fleugel. “That allowed us to quickly identify and then locate the suspect.” Fleugel does not believe the suspect is from Maple Ridge. “First we were working with a Surrey address and then he was arrested in Vancouver, so I can’t confirm this,” the inspector explained. Mounties are thanking the public for the valuable information it provided police. “We heard from many people who recognized him. Plus, we even heard from a goldsmith who was familiar with that piece of jewelry,” Fleugel said about the images that were spread through the media, including an image of the cross that the victim ripped off her attacker’s neck. “We all benefit when citizens are so PAY OFF HIGH INTEREST CREDIT CARD DEBT when you buy your next car from engaged in working with police toward side her work at Westgate on Jan. 19, by the safety of their communities,” he said. a man who said he needed help getting At least five other women his car started. came forward saying they too Being a Good Samaritan, were approached by a man in she agreed to help. Instead, west Maple Ridge earlier that she found herself at the end same day. of a gun barrel being forced to The news coverage brought drive her own car to a secluded valuable information to light, area of town, not far from the Fleugel added, including inforabduction site. mation from corrections officers She was physically assaulted and other police in the region. and extensively beaten before All this feedback helped local managing to fight free of her police establish a time frame abductor and ran to a nearby for Saturday’s attack, placing home, Fleugel said. Abduction suspect the man in the mall and the He fled in her car, which was Surveillance video vicinity for several hours leadrecovered a short time later in ing up to the attack. the vicinity of Blackstock and The tips also led Mounties to uncover 203rd streets. surveillance footage that helped in his The suspect will remain in police cusidentification and subsequent arrest. tody and was expected to go before a The teenaged girl was approached outjudge Wednesday or Thursday. Nustadia Recreation Select SPRING SOCCER CAMP March 25 th-28 th REGISTER NOW Check Our Website for more details 11435 Bonson Road, Pitt Meadows, B.C. 604.460.1531 Pitt Meadows ARENA COMPLEX 2012 MODEEL CLEARANC NOW ON! PRICES TOO LOW TO ADVERTISE LIMITED STOCKS HURRY, HURRY! CALL 604.465.8931 Connect With Your City @citypittmeadows

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